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Bruce Highway upgrade - Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway

Key facts

  • The $812.95 million project is funded on an 80/20 basis under the Infrastructure Investment Program with the Australian Government contributing $650.36 million and the Queensland Government contributing $162.59 million.
  • The upgrade will substantially increase the capacity of the road and support the continued development of the Sunshine Coast.
  • Long distance traffic will be separated from local traffic movements, allowing the highway to function as a high-speed, high-volume corridor.
  • Nine kilometres of new active transport infrastructure will be constructed throughout the project area, including a dedicated bridge for pedestrians and bicycle riders at Sippy Downs.
Sippy Downs Interchange with pedestrian and cyclist bridge

The Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway is one of Queensland’s highest priority road projects. The upgrade includes:

  • Widening of the Bruce highway to six lanes between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway
  • Major upgrades to the Caloundra Road interchange and Sunshine Motorway interchange 
  • The delivery of a two-way service road for local traffic on the western side of the highway between Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive.

Design and preliminary construction began in late 2016 with major construction commencing mid-2017. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2020, weather permitting. 

Application of the Cycling Infrastructure Policy

Artists impression Bruce Highway and western service road at Palmview

The Cycling Infrastructure Policy requires transport projects situated on the Principal Cycle Network to provide active transport facilities during planning, design and construction. The route between Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway interchanges is situated on the South East Queensland Principal Cycle Network. A new off-road three-metre wide shared pathway will be provided for bicycle riders and pedestrians along the entire length of the western service road. This high-quality infrastructure for bike riders provides a vital connection to existing on-road bicycle pathways at Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive. 

The Caloundra Road Interchange will be replaced with Australia's first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI). The DDI is an innovative design that reduces traffic congestion whilst improving safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicycle riders. Signalised crossings and off-road shared bicycle rider and pedestrian pathways will be constructed throughout the majority of the interchange so that it accommodates all pedestrian and bicycle rider movements. 

Artists impression left image intersection at Caloundra Road interchange travelling east towards Caloundra, artists impression right image diverting diamond interchange at Caloundra

Two new bridges will be built over Pignata Road to expand the underpass from two to five lanes. This underpass expansion allows for the construction of a new bicycle rider and pedestrian shared pathway to provide easy connections to the new car pool facility on Pignata Road and local businesses located along the new western service road.

In 2017, TMR added a new dedicated pedestrian and bicycle riders bridge to the project design to provide a dedicated and safe pathway between Tanawha Tourist Drive and the educational, business and residential precincts adjacent to Sippy Downs Drive. The new bridge design replaces an older shared pathway on the Sippy Downs interchange.

Throughout the project area, nine kilometres of new active transport infrastructure will be constructed, providing increased opportunities for people to travel by bicycle on safe, connected, high quality infrastructure.

Watch a rendered project flyover video of the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway below. 

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For more information, visit the project website.
Last updated
20 October 2020